After nearly two years, the high-profile case involving former Chicago Bears wide receiver, Sam Hurd, came to an end on Nov. 13 when he was sentenced to 15 years in prison for trying to set up a massive, multi-state drug operation.
The Dallas, Tex. courtroom on Nov. 13 was a far cry from Chicago’s iconic Solider Field, but that’s just how far Sam Hurd, who played wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys and Chicago Bears, has fallen. The ex-NFL star’s drug trafficking trial came to end on Wednesday with Sam being sentenced to 15 years for drug trafficking.
Sam Hurd: Former Football Star Sentenced To 15 Years
Just days before his trial began in April 2013, Sam, 28, pled guilty to one count of conspiring to possess and distribute cocaine and marijuana, according to the Chicago Tribune. The guilty plea guaranteed that Sam would face a minimum sentence of 10 years in prison, and seven months later he was handed that and five more years.
The 15-year sentence was the culmination of the legal troubles that began for Sam in Dec. 2011 when he was arrested for allegedly attempting to buy large quantities of cocaine and marijuana in Texas. Police assigned to investigate the case developed a conspiracy case that Sam was connected to a group of dealers in California and was trying to set up a drug network.
U.S. District Judge Jorge Solis, who presided over Sam’s case, stated after the sentencing that Sam’s crimes did not include many actual drug deals, but mostly “agreements.” The judge also described the case as a tragedy, citing what was jeopardized by Sam’s actions — his football career and more importantly, his family.
Sam Hurd: ‘I Have A Lot Of Regrets’
“I have a lot of regrets,” Sam said in the court before he heard his sentence. “I regret not thinking about the consequences.” Sam stated that a destructive addiction to marijuana clouded his judgment and led him into his downward spiral.
It’s certainly shocking to think back on Sam catching touchdown passes and then look at him now. The judge is right — it really is a tragic story. And in a year that has included Aaron Hernandez‘s murder indictment and more recently the Miami Dolphins bullying ordeal, it’s been a tough season for the NFL.
– Andrew Gruttadaro